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Man killed in Costa Rica had Kentucky ties

A memorial service has been arranged for James Clark McCurley, who was killed March 16 in Golfito, Costa Rica. He was 39.

Mr. McCurley lived in Costa Rica and was reported missing a week before a passerby found his body. He died from a knife wound that punctured his lung.

Mr. McCurley was born on June 2, 1970, in Asheville, N.C., and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where his parents, Margaret Carole Eversole McCurley and James M. McCurley Jr., still reside.

Mr. McCurley graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1993 and worked in building and investment businesses before moving to Costa Rica. His family has strong ties to Kentucky.

He was the great-grandson of the late Barksdale Hamlett Sr., who was superintendent of public instruction in Kentucky during the early 1900s, and Mr. McCurley's great-uncle was Gen. Barksdale Hamlett Jr., chief of staff of the Army.

Mr. McCurley was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Eversole Sr. of Harlan, and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Curley Sr. of Port Arthur, Texas, as well as his uncle, Virgil Eversole Jr. of Harlan.

The Eversoles were longtime residents of Harlan, and Virgil Eversole Sr. was known for owning U.S. post offices.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McCurley is survived by his aunts, Margaret "Harkness" Edwards of Lexington, Courtney Eversole of San Francisco, Joyce Kleespies of Port Arthur and Mrs. Virgil Eversole of Harlan.

The memorial service for Mr. McCurley will be held April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Resthaven Cemetery in Harlan.

The family requests any memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or any other charity the donator chooses.

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